Moxy South Beach's intimate, mysterious lounge introduces hotel guests and Miami locals to mezcal, the revered but often misunderstood spirit first distilled by the Pre-Hispanics centuries ago. Designed by Saladino Design Studios and run by the team behind Miami's uber-popular Coyo Taco, the lounge offers over 100 types of mezcal and its derivative, tequila, with mezcaliers explaining their different floral and smoky notes.
The lounge's vibe ranges from intimate and relaxing early in the week, with mezcal connoisseurs sipping attentively, to fun and exclusive on the weekends, with performances from some of the world's top DJ's and perhaps some late-night dancing on the walnut and leather banquettes.
Award-winning mixologist Christian Rubio, whose hospitality experience ranges from Europe and Mexico to Miami, created Mezcalista's specialty cocktails. Rubio is known for deftly combining Mexican herbs, fruits, and spirits, and his menu here includes a mezcal-based punch flavored with lime, hibiscus, rosemary, and ginger; a mezcal twist on an old-fashioned with basil, ginger ale, and bitters; and the Asian-inflected signature cocktail, mezcal with ginger-lemongrass syrup, lime juice, and coconut water.